last year, i started cycling as my main form of transportation and i was shocked. it was fucking incredible! not only did i get the pleasures of exercise and of touring my city in a completely different way, i got so much freedom. i don’t have a driver’s license, so cycling gave me autonomy i’d never had. i could go anywhere i wanted, on my own schedule, and didn’t have to rely on a bus (although i didn’t bike in the winter, so i had to go back to busing! ack!). one of the main pluses of bus-riding that i can read while riding, and that is a pleasure in its own right, but one i’m happy to give up when i am bike riding.
in all honesty, riding my bike improved the quality of my life. i never knew how much impact freedom of movement has. i don’t know if i’ll ever get my driver’s license (i will, if i end up moving somewhere rural later in my life) but for now it feels like i don’t need to. biking is such a delight!
when i’m biking, my brain shuts off. it’s like my two other favourite physical activities (yoga and running) in that it’s nearly moving meditation. it’s peaceful.